Police in California arrested a woman early Saturday morning and learned that she was wanted on a kidnapping warrant from Arkansas.
Officers of the Anderson (Calif.) Police Department the said officers were summoned to perform a welfare check on a woman in a car with six children after midnight local time, citing the “strange behavior” shown by the woman.
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When officers arrived at the scene, they said they found the woman, identified as 36-year-old Trista Fullerton of Rogers, in the parking lot of a restaurant in a Dodge pickup with Arkansas plates. .
The police learned that there was a felony arrest warrant in Fullerton’s name from Arkansas for the kidnapping of eight children and arrested him.
During an interview, investigators said Fullerton told them the rest of the children were at a home in the Cottonwood, Calif., area. Deputies located the children and arrested them.
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Investigators said Fullerton was the biological mother of all eight children but noted that all of the children were in foster care and that Fullerton had lost custody rights. Authorities say investigators believe he kidnapped the children from their foster families then went halfway across the country with them.
The children were released into the care of Shasta County Children and Family Services so they could be returned to their guardians in Arkansas.
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Fullerton was booked into the Shasta County (California) jail in connection with his warrant from Arkansas. He is currently being held without bail.